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Curbishley Family Crest / Curbishley Coat of Arms

Curbishley Family Crest / Curbishley Coat of Arms

The surname of CURBISHLEY was a locational name, from a place so called in the parish of Wilmslow, County Cheshire. Local names usually denoted where a man live and where he held his land. Early records of the name mention Adam de Curbicheley, 1300, East Cheshire and Thomas Corbishley of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village early times, has served to name many families. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Later instances mention Hugh Curbychley of Cheshire, who appears in 1567. Arthur Curbishley (Yeoman) 1598 Yorkshire. James Corbishley and Jane Bradshaw were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1751.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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